Research is an integral
part of the growth and expansion of social sciences. Its importance is
enhanced much more in the modern, globalized society where development has
attained additional dimensions. Social Science Research faces the challenge
to thoroughly equip itself to meet the ever growing needs of the society
that is transforming at a rapid pace. Often, demarcations (into rural, urban
etc) are blurred by the advancement in technology and changing
socio-economic scenario. Societal problems are assuming wide-ranging
complexities. Under these circumstances, it is necessary to approach
research from a preliminary and systematic understanding of the methods in
social science research is an essential part of social science research and
over a period of time, the methods have expanded enormously in their scope
The Course in Methods and
Applications in Social Science Research offered at ISEC is outlined with an
inter-disciplinary approach. It attempts to combine the on-going theoretical
and conceptual debates and paradigms in various disciplines that contribute
towards an understanding of issues relating to research methods in the
context of development of the various methods adopted in social sciences.
Over a period of time, the methods have also expanded enormously in their
scope and application. The present course attempts to combine the on-going
theoretical and conceptual debates and paradigms in various disciplines that
contribute towards an understanding of issues relating to research methods
in the context of development.
is expected to be useful to researchers, trainers, administrators, policy
makers and others affiliated with:
higher educational institutions engaged in social science research
in social sciences
sector and consultancy firms
Banks and other
financial institutions and
Other agencies undertaking research for policy formulation
is structured as a two-week residential program with classroom instruction,
assignments, hands-on experiences and presentations at strategic intervals.
knowledge and theory: theoretical approaches to social science research
The art of
doing research: selection of a research problem: research design;
formulating hypotheses and indicators; methods of sampling and inference
econometrics with hands-on experiences;
quantitative methods; Ethnographic studies; case study; New advances in
methods of social science research;
gender issues in social science research; Action Research;
of research findings, research report and dissemination
Exposure of statistical packages like SPSS, STATA etc.
Training on handling large
scale data sets like NSSO Unit level data using SPSS and STATA
aims to empower the participants to better understand the broader processes
of change within a research framework and to make an informed choice in
conducting research by providing an orientation in multi-disciplinary
approaches to understand and apply research methods. The objective of the
course is to develop the capabilities of the participants in regard to
theoretical and empirical aspects of Social Science Research. It aims to
equip them with skills to pursue a topic of research of one’s choice by
familiarizing themselves with the state-of-the-art methodologies against a
will be taught by a team of competent resource persons drawn from both the
institute and outside.
fee includes lodging, boarding and course material - INR 15,000 (with
accommodation) and INR 10,000 (without accommodation), which should be sent
along with the applications. Applicants should pay the fee by Demand Draft
in favour of The Registrar, ISEC, Bangalore
and should be sent by post along with the applications.
is conducted annually. The probable
dates for the course will be announced on ISEC website.
How to Apply
application may be downloaded from ISEC website
www.isec.ac.in and should be accompanied by a detailed CV of the
candidate and a cover letter stating interest and reasons for joining the
course and a demand draft.
should be sent by post or email with the superscription/subject as “Application for
Certificate Course in Methods and Applications in Social Science Research"
will go through a close scrutiny before selection. The decision of the
selection committee will be final.
Dr. Malini L. Tantri,
Assistant Professor, CESP
Institute for Social and
Dr. VKRV Rao Road,
Nagarbhavi, Bangalore 560072
Phone:80-23215468 (ext. 560)
Certificate Course in
and Applications in Social Science Research
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